VBSF News Flash


Dr. Bob Allen

Sport Fishing Magazine will be presenting “Making A Difference” awards to individuals who have gone out of their way to make a positive difference in saltwater recreational fishing. Five individuals will be selected to receive these awards in 2011. Some will be chosen by a panel of judges and others through voting by the sport fishing public. Local angler Dr. Bob Allen is among those that have been nominated to be considered for these awards.

Dr. Allen has long been a vocal representative for Virginia’s recreational anglers. He is always at the Virginia Marine Resource Commission championing the causes of recreational fishermen. His efforts finally got recreational anglers equal representation at this commission long dominated by commercial interest. He is well known to Virginia’s General Assembly and is often consulted when legislation concerning the marine environment is being considered. To help Virginia’s anglers to have a stronger political voice, Dr. Allen organized the Virginia Council of Angling Clubs which most of Virginia’s angling clubs have joined. This group keeps anglers better informed about legislation and fishery management issues and helps anglers respond in a strong manner.

To see all of the nominees, visit: http://www.sportfishingmag.com/article.jsp?ID=1000086496


The last of this season’s rockfish tournaments has concluded. Daddy’s Dream won the Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout with a 3-fish stringer of 111.7 pounds,  www.midatlanticrockfishshootout.com.

Though the tournaments are over the fishing is not. Boats are running into rockfish from just south of Rudee Inlet all the way down to Oregon Inlet. It just depends on the day how far south you need to be to find the fish. Most action is occurring in North Carolina waters so make sure that you have both Virginia and North Carolina fishing licenses. Fish larger than the current North Carolina record have been caught recently with the latest being a 64-pound rockfish caught on the “Poacher”.

Speckled trout action remains very good in the Elizabeth River. There will be a speckled trout tournament in the Elizabeth this weekend: www.icwspeckledtroutshootout.com .

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OFFSHORE REPORT – January 13, 2011


By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Tautog are becoming more intriguing to anglers lately, but the bite in the Bay has slowed. Moving to deeper water is the key, with the mid-range and deep water wrecks now a better choice.

Some nice catches of tog are responding on structures from near the Chesapeake Light Tower, and on out to the Triangle Wrecks. Running to the more southern wrecks can also provide better results.

Plenty of Jumbo seabass are also available on these same wrecks, but the season is now closed. Chopper bluefish are also circling many offshore wrecks.

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INSHORE REPORT – January 13, 2011


Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Waters Out To The Towers.

By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

Fishing reports are starting to sound more like weather reports lately. But this past week, the Mid-Atlantic coast was afforded a brief break. This break allowed hundreds of boats to shoot down the coast to warmer Carolina waters in search of bigger fish. The good rockfish action awaiting those committed anglers made it worth the trip. Fish ranging from 20-pounds to over 60-pounds gave anglers a work out.

Daddy's Dream 3 accepting their award

This flurry of big striped bass activity occurred just in time to make the famous Mid-Atlantic Rockfish Shootout a huge success. The Rockfish Shootout, the striped bass tournament that trumps all other rockfish tournaments, paid out over $145,000 this year. The top seven boats were awarded cash prizes, with the top honors going to “Daddy’s Dream” with a 3-fish weight of 111.7-pounds. VBSF sponsor the “Wave Runner” out of the Virginia Beach Fishing Center took second place with 110.75-pounds of fish, while the crew of the “Bay Custom 3” came in third with 100.35-pounds. Classic trolled rockfish spreads fared well, with some boats reporting dozens of fish hitting most any type of trolled lure. Schools of some very nice striped bass are accessible within the legal 3-mile limit lately; with at least two fish reportedly in line for challenging the current North Carolina state record of 62-pounds!

Locally, speckled trout and puppy drum are basically the only game in town. Anglers who made it to the Elizabeth River this week found mixed results. Boats sitting in the Cove with live bait are catching a lot of fish, but most are ranging only up to about 21-inches. According to speckled trout guru Captain David Hester, the larger specks are scattered this week, so anglers are finding the fish along the River in water ranging in anywhere from 3 to 12-feet. But those who put in the time to find the fish are catching good numbers of speckled trout ranging from 3 to over 12-pounds this week. Different lures worked with a slow retrieve are enticing the most strikes right now. The first ICW Speckled Trout Shootout, hosted by the Norfolk Anglers Club, will take place this weekend.  Puppy drum measuring to around 30-inches are also making a good by-catch in many of these same areas within the Elizabeth River.

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NC State Record set, and broken!


Nags Head, NC – On Wednesday 12-year-old Stephen Furlough boated a N.C. record striped bass weighing 63 pounds while fishing outside Oregon Inlet. It lasted only 48 hours.

On Friday, Keith Angel pulled a 64-pounder from the same waters.

Furlough, from Roper near the coast in Washington County, was fishing with skipper/guide Charles Haywood aboard his boat, Rigged Up.

Angel, of Sandy Ridge in Stokes County, was in a party trolling with skipper Devin Cage on his sportfisherman, The Poacher.

Both catches were weighed at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, where certification forms were filled out by the state’s Marine Fisheries Division and Wildlife Resources Commission.

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OFFSHORE REPORT – January 6, 2011


By Dr. Julie Ball
VBSF.net fishing report contributor and IGFA Representative, Virginia Beach

East Of The Towers Out To The Canyons

Tautog are becoming more intriguing to anglers lately, but the bite in the Bay has slowed. Moving to deeper water is the key, with the mid-range and deep water wrecks now a better choice. Some nice catches of tog are responding on structures from near the Chesapeake Light Tower, and on out to the Triangle Wrecks. Running to the more southern wrecks can also provide better results. Plenty of Jumbo seabass are also available on these same wrecks, but the season is now closed. Chopper bluefish are also circling many offshore wrecks.

Permanent link to this article: https://vbsf.net/2011/01/06/offshore-report-january-6-2011/